Gun Report

Smith & Wesson Model 41 No. 130512 22LR, $1139 (Grade: A- Sept 2011)

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The most accurate pistol was also the most fun. A glitch prevented us from awarding a full ‘A’ rating.

Smith & Wesson Model 41 No. 130512 22LR, $1139 (Grade: A- Sept 2011)

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Frame Material
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Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Span Single

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We had difficulty operating the safety, so we left it in ready-to-fire position (lower-right arrow). The slide release was easy to operate (top arrow), but the magazine release (lower left arrow) was somewhat shielded by the grip contour that protruded the same amount on both sides. This outward contour served as a thumbrest on one side and helped us index the trigger on the opposite side of the grip. This made the 41 ambidextrous, in our view. The dovetail connecting the rear sight was substantial.
The Model 41 had a short, crisp trigger that the shooter could balance by adjusting overtravel. The small Allen screw behind the trigger (arrow) acted as a stop. Pulling down the trigger guard provided easy access.
The wood grip encompassed the backstrap and provided a wide flat surface (arrow) on the bottom, which helped when shooting from support. The magazine well was recessed.
The only problem we had was caused by the magazine-retaining stud (arrow) not making enough contact with the magazine. A Smith & Wesson representative explained how to fix it over the telephone.
The rear sight blocked glare, letting us focus on the position of the front sight in relation to the rear notch.

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